Krispy Kreme Fundraiser for Fort McMurray – May 14, 2016

Since May 1, 2016 fire crews have been battling a Wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fire was initially 2 hectares in size, but after 2 hours, the fire grew to 60 hectares. On May 4, 2016, the entire city of Fort McMurray with a population of over 60 000 people was evacuated. Many homes were engulfed by the flames, resulting in thousands of displaced families.

(L-R) Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016, Miss Teenage Langley Township 2016, Miss Teenage British Columbia 2016, Miss Teenage Southwestern BC 2016, and Miss Teenage Delta 2016.

(L-R) Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, Miss Teenage Lower Mainland 2016, Miss Teenage Langley Township 2016, Miss Teenage British Columbia 2016, Miss Teenage Southwestern BC 2016, and Miss Teenage Delta 2016.

Upon hearing about the situation in Fort McMurray, some of the local title holders and I held a fundraiser for Fort McMurray last Saturday at Pricemart Richmond.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser for Fort McMurray

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser for Fort McMurray

In one day we were able to sell 50 Krispy Kreme boxes and raise $955.40. People were very generous with their donations, and many opted to just donate money instead of buying a dozen donuts. All of the funds we collected will be going to support those who were devastated by the wildfire.

As of today, this wildfire has grown to cover approximately 284 214 hectares of land and remains out of control. There are currently 1 919 firefighters, 161 helicopters, and 29 air tankers working together to fight the 15 wildfires that are still burning in Alberta.

The Canadian Red Cross has issued emergency funding for the evacuees of Fort McMurray, and has since received over $67 million in donations. Donations are still being accepted; Albertans who were affected by the fire are still in need of support!

On June 18th, I will be holding a bowling fundraiser in support of Free the Children & Fort McMurray. All proceeds from the event will be split between the two causes. If you would like to attend the event or donate to Fort McMurray specifically please contact me.

 

-Miss Teenage Surrey 2016

 

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Multicultural Night – May 10, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia is known as one of the most multicultural cities in Canada. The diversity of people is what makes living in the lower mainland so amazing.

(L-R) Miss Teenage Surrey, Miss Teenage Langley Township, Miss British Columbia

(L-R) Miss Teenage Surrey, Miss Teenage Langley Township, Miss British Columbia

Last night, the International Multicultural Development Foundation hosted a multicultural night to welcome “The Spectacular Music and Dance Show the Adventures of Marco Polo” on their first ever Canadian tour at the Italian Cultural Centre Vancouver. The show will be performed at the River Rock Casino on May 13-14, 2016, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the International Multicultural Development Foundation to further promote multicultural exchange and development.

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It was an exciting event; First Nations, Irish, Italian, Ukranian, and Chinese cultures were represented on stage through performances. While the dancers were performing, photos of that particular country were displayed on the backdrop. It really showcased the beauty of the world. By attending the event, I was able to learn more about the different cultures that are present in the lower mainland.

The girls and I had a wonderful time escorting guests to their seats, escorting speakers on stage, and watching a show that celebrated the multiculturalism of our region.

 

-Miss Teenage Surrey 2016

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Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run For Women May 7, 2016

Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope all of you were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather today, I know I did!

Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women

Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women

Today I was able to reunite with a few of the BC delegates at the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women held at Westbrook Village in UBC. Shoppers Drug Mart sponsored the event which consisted of 3 races: 10 km, 5 km, and 1 km (for children under the age of 12).

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Run for Women supports women’s mental health; in total, the participants raised $55 780. All of the proceeds gathered today at the Vancouver event went out to the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation.  The money will go towards mental healthcare such as counselling and research on perinatal depression.

Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women.

Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women.

The girls and I definitely soaked up the sun today while handing out bracelets at the finish line and cheering on the runners who ran for the women in their lives.

 

Until next time,

 

Miss Teenage Surrey 2016

 

 

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North Surrey Lions Spring Fundraiser for SOS Children’s Village BC – May 6, 2016

When you hear someone say SOS what do you immediately think of?

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Before last night, I always thought of it as an acronym for Save Our Souls; or a plea for help. Internationally, SOS is known as a charitable organization for children without parental care and disadvantaged families. The main goal of this organization is to protect the rights of the child. World wide, there are currently 559 villages and 400 youth facilities that help 80 000 children in 133 different countries and territories. Since 1949, this organization has received 14 Nobel Peace Prize nominations, as well as many other various awards and prizes.

With Douglas Dunn - Executive Director of SOS Children's Village

With Douglas Dunn – Executive Director of SOS Children’s Village

In Canada, there is only one SOS Children’s Village, and it is located in my region Surrey, British Columbia. Since this is a non-profit organization, the charity receives all of its funding from donations and its thrift stores in Kerrisdale and Stevenston.

North Surrey Lion's Club Spring Fundraiser Dinner for SOS Children's Village BC

North Surrey Lion’s Club Spring Fundraiser Dinner for SOS Children’s Village BC

Last night, I attended the North Surrey Lion’s Club’s annual Spring Fundraising Dinner. Every year, the Lion’s Club hosts a fundraising dinner and donates the money to their charity of choice, this Year it was the SOS Children’s Village. I was able to meet the Executive Director of SOS Children’s Village BC, Douglas Dunn and I was able to learn so much more about the phrase SOS.

Drawing names for the $1000 reverse draw

Drawing names for the $1000 reverse draw

The Lion’s Club did an excellent job of putting on a fundraiser for SOS, by selling dinner tickets, having a silent auction, a reverse draw for $1000, and having a 50/50 draw. I was able to meet and network with so many people such as Douglas Dunn from SOS, and Randeep Sarai who is Surrey Centre’s Member of Parliament and UBC alumni (GO THUNDERBIRDS!).  A Member of the Legislative Assembly attended the event, and announced that the Provincial Government was donating $10 000 to SOS Children’s Village. (YAY!) 

In addition, to the dinner and other fundraising initiatives, the Lion’s Club invited Scott Christi as the host and entertainment for the night. As a hypnotist, Scott’s show centred around audience participation – I was forced invited to go on stage as one of the participants for the show. I was told I was very funny and entertaining…

Greeting Guests

Greeting Guests

Overall, I had an incredible time meeting new people, becoming hypnotized, and learning more about SOS Children’s Village BC.

 

Cheers!

 

Miss Teenage Surrey 2016

 

 

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BMO Run4Hope – May 1, 2016

Last Sunday, I started off my day bright and early by volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society at the 45th BMO RUN4HOPE. The BMO RUN4HOPE consisted of four different races: a Marathon (42 km), a Half Marathon (21 km), a Relay, and an 8 km run.

Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society

Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society

Almost 16 500 participants from over 60 countries ran in the marathon, with the top runners hailing from countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Canada, and the United States. Each runner that participates is able to fundraise and/or donate money to the charity of their choosing; this year the RUN4HOPE program raised a total of over $13 million for over 40 different charities, one of which was the Canadian Cancer Society!

 As a course marshal, I cheered on all of the participants, I was thoroughly impressed by the fitness all of the participants in this marathon were, I mean 42 km is no small feat. The 2016 marathon champion was Daniel Kipkoech from Kenya, with a time of 2:21:04. Let’s just let that sink in for minute… 42 km in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 4 seconds. This athlete must have invested so many hours into training them to be able to build up the stamina and achieve such an unbelievable time. It just goes to show, how hard work and perseverance can lead to achieving your goals.  13087585_208887422827669_4904985120898721375_n

However, it is not only the elite athletes that deserve congratulations. All of the participants warrant recognition as they also invested many hours of running, and fundraising for their charity. Whether the runners were first, last or somewhere in between, all of them were able to get some physical activity, enjoy the sunny spring whether in the beautiful city of Vancouver, and raise $13 million for a good cause. I’d call that one amazing day.

 

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Cheers!

 

Miss Teenage Surrey 2016

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to my official blog as Miss Teenage Surrey 2016! I’m so excited to share my experiences with all of you throughout this year long journey. I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I’ve been crowned Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, yet the feelings of excitement and disbelief are still lingering.

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Pageant weekend was whirlwind experience and since then I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the emotions that I experienced over the course of those two days; nervousness, excitement, and happiness.

Nervousness: Nervousness is a feeling that is often unwelcome but inevitable, especially in situations where you don’t necessarily know what to expect. This was a recurring feeling that I had during the weeks leading up to and during pageant weekend. In the days leading up to the pageant I remember having butterflies in my stomach as it was my first time participating in an event like this, and scenes of falling on my face on stage or choking during the interview that were playing on loop in my head really weren’t helping me channel inner waves of calm.

 Nervousness is a feeling that is often unwelcome but inevitable, especially in situations where you don’t necessarily know what to expect.

So what does a second year university student do in situations like this?

Procrastinate! 

I mean research!

I spent my study breaks googling “what to expect at a pageant” and messaging past title holders over Facebook about their experiences. The common answers I received were: “Just be yourself”, “Enjoy the experience”, and “Be confident.” 

Simple enough.

I kept these mantras in mind during the times when feelings of nervousness were in high gear, and slowly the feelings of discomfort associated with nervousness began to change into a new feeling; excitement.

 

Excitement: This is definitely one of those feelings that I can never get tired of; the adrenaline coursing through my body, my mind having a million thoughts per second, and my heart pounding in my chest…

WAIT! This sounds a lot like nervousness. Well the emotions are very similar; they both have the same physical symptoms. But they’re labelled as different emotions which leads to a different outlook. I learned to set the butterflies in my stomach free, and use them to fly. I was able to get over my nerves by simply labelling the physical signs as feelings of excitement. Suddenly, I was excited to make new friends,  I was excited to absolutely rock my interview, and I was excited to go out on stage no matter what the outcome, because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I learned to set the butterflies in my stomach free, and use them to fly.

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By changing my appraisal of the situation, I was able to enjoy my first pageant experience wholeheartedly. I broke out of my comfort zone, and really embraced what the experience had to offer, which were 20 new friends sisters, new memories, and most importantly an increase in self confidence.

 

Happiness: Happiness is an indispensable emotion. It’s a feeling that we crave, and try to recreate repeatedly throughout our lives. Thankfully, it was something I experienced over and over again with increased intensity during pageant weekend.

If I were asked to describe the experience in one word I would simply say Fun. I remember thinking to myself “This is one of the most fun experiences that I’ve had in a long time.”  I had such a great time learning how to walk on stage, dance the opening number, and get to know 20 other amazing and talented girls from all over the province.

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Happiness is an indispensable emotion. It’s a feeling that we crave, and try to recreate repeatedly throughout our lives.

In all honesty, I think it was the girls that really made this experience truly unforgettable. Each and everyone of them had their own talents, stories, and interests that they are so passionate about.

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The Miss Teenage British Columbia Regional Pageant was definitely one of those experiences that I will never forget. I was able to meet and bond with twenty other amazing girls from all over the province, and I am still so grateful to have been chosen as one of the finalists to represent BC at the Miss Teenage Canada National pageant held in Toronto this July.

As I embark on this new adventure as Miss Teenage Surrey 2016, I am profoundly more excited and happy. I look forward to sharing my future experiences with you all during my reign.

 

Until next time,

 

Miss Teenage Surrey 2016

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